So much to cover in this issue !!!
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Event Space Needed - McKinsey Wants You - Book Club - Lets Golf - Happy Hour - New Faces  
(and even more news...)

So much to cover in this issue (and I apologize for cramming it all into one newsletter).  Details below but here are the highlights and key dates:

  • We need help securing a space for our evening with D'87 Raymond Lambert
  • McKinsey is looking for Darden women with Operations experience
  • Want to join a business focused book club with all Darden alumni?
  • D'04 Larry Li is coordinating Alumni & Family Day at Top Golf Naperville
  • New format for summer interns and full time hires via Darden Interview Forums
  • D'15 Amiel Harper co-founds Morpheus and we're invited to the launch party
  • Fat Tuesday is a great day for a happy hour
  • What are your must go-see-eat-do things when friends or family are in town?
  • Outside of the usual summer after graduation migration we have a new influx of alumni moving into the Chicagoland.  Read on to find out who...

Key Dates to Remember :
Feb 20  - Deadline to let me know if you're interested in the virtual book club
Feb 22  - Morpheus open house, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Feb 28  - Fat Tuesday Happy Hour at Randolph Tavern, 5:30 - 8:30
Mar 15  - Registration deadline for Darden Interview Forum
Mar xx  - UVA March Madness viewing party at Lincoln Station (dates TBD)
Mar 31  - Interview forum in Chicago
Apr 23  - Top Golf Naperville
May 18  - McKinsey's Women in Operations
TBD      - An evening with Raymond Lambert (help us find a location!)

Remember there is a new website for our Chicago chapter's news and event updates.  The site has more information and real time updates than the newsletter, this is just the highlights.  Subscribe to stay current !

We need help finding space for our night with D'87 Raymond Lambert

So far this trailer parked roughly 134 miles west of Naperville is our only option.  With $0 budget we're looking for any alumni connections that can help secure a more convenient location.  Ideally the space would have a bar, food options and a sound system.  The house can keep whatever we spend, we just need the space.  Email me if you have any ideas, connections, etc.  THANK YOU !

McKinsey is looking for women in Operations

On May 18, here in Chicago, McKinsey is hosting a Women in Operations Leadership Event.  This event is for women in the Chicago area with work experience in the field of Operations, including: supply chain, manufacturing, product development, etc.  This is an exclusive discussion and networking session hosted by McKinsey & Company professionals to:

  • Explore how to build your network of mentors and sponsors
  • Experience McKinsey’s commitment to developing female leaders
  • Learn about McKinsey’s work in Operations
  • Engage with other highly talented women in Operations
Attendance is by application only.  Please email your resume or bio as an attachment to:
Virtual Business Book Club
Breaking rule #1 and talking about book club .... but, PBC Guru would like to run/host a virtual book club group for Darden alumni which is managed and administered by a private LinkedIn group.  This tool would provide content and continuing education for the alumni base Darden can’t typically reach physically.

Basically, Darden would announce the first book for everyone to read (ex: Power of Habits or Talent is Overrated), alums would purchase it themselves via kindle, hard copy etc., and they would be given about 6-7 weeks to read the book. Each week, PBCG would post some content about the topic/author/book on the LinkedIn page and suggest where you should be in the book to stay on track.

Alumni can comment on the material/book at any time. Then, at the end of the reading timeframe, there is a one-week ‘discussion’ period that takes place on the LinkedIn page. PBCG posts questions and people can comment, give feedback etc.

Meanwhile, PBGC will also suggest 3 news book in which the group would vote on and pick for the next read. There would be a new book approximately every 2 months.

You could opt in/out as you please.

Email me before February 20th if you're interested.  With enough alumni Darden will pay the administration fees so it would be free (except for purchasing the books).
Q1 'Fat Tuesday' Happy Hour 
Yes, I promised a Q1 event but with the space issues throwing a wrench in our plans for a night with Raymond Lambert I propose a consolation prize: Fat Tuesday Happy Hour.

Randolph Tavern  5:30 - TBD
188 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Look for the Darden colored balloons
Entrepreneur Alert: D'15 Amiel Harper launches Morpheus

D'15 Amiel B. Harper, Esq. is the latest Darden entrepreneur to launch in Chicago.  Read his Movers & Shakers profile at

In addition, we've all be invited to join Amiel along with his co-founders - an elite group of  leaders in business, law, government, and nonprofits - for the launch of Morpheus Consultancy over hors d'oeuvres and champagne on Wednesday February 22, 6:00 - 9:00pm.  RSVP HERE

Event at: Freemont Chicago
15 W. Illinois Street, Chicago, il 60654

New Intern & Full Time Hiring Format
(Note: too long for the newsletter.  More info on internships, etc. at

Connect With Students at Darden Interview Forums: Register today to gain access to interview top MBA students from around the country to fill your internship, full-time MBA and experienced hire recruiting needs! For additional questions, contact Tiffany Gutshall (

The interview forum will be held in Chicago on Friday, 31 March (Registration deadline: Wednesday, 15 March) Click here for registration info.
Something 'Fore' Everyone
Spring is already teasing us so I'll tease our next event.  D'04 Larry Li is organizing a family friendly Top Golf Naperville event on Sunday April 23, time TBD.  Thanks Larry !!!!

Top Golf Naperville
3211 Odyssey Ct, Naperville, IL 60563
What are your can't miss Chicago go / eat / see / do recommendations ???
This fall, D'16 Sahiba Singh moved to Chicago and couldn't wait to get to know our great city.  However, as an always-on-the-road consultant she found weekends are not enough to organically discover all the local favorites beyond the tourist hot spots.  Thus, I challenge you to provide your can't miss recommendations that you rely on to share when new alumni move to town.  I'll combine all your answers into a comprehensive list on our website that we can continuously update as necessary.   Send you feedback via this link to the site's Contact page.
Welcome : D'06 Jason Qiu

Jason Qiu, D'06, comes to Chicago after a 10 year finance career with a global manufacturing company based in Richmond VA.

While Jason, his wife and 2yr old daughter all loved Virginia, his wife recently accepted a couldn't resist offer with ... more at 

Welcome : D'12 Priti Dhanda

Welcome to Chicago D'12 Priti Dhanda.  After starting her post Darden career with Starwood, she is moving from the NYC area to start new role with Hyatt.  Many of you, myself included may be nervous about our beloved SPG after the Marriott acquisition but Priti assures that we should... more at 

Welcome : D'12 Jeremy Glazier

Welcome to Chicago D'12 Jeremy Glazier.  Jeremy grew up in Canada and relocated to New York City after undergrad.  There he began his career with KPMG’s consulting practice.  After graduating from Darden he obtained his JD from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (in two years!), after which he ... more at

Welcome : D'15 Herbert Haas

Welcome to Chicago D'15 Herbert Haas.  Herbert is moving to Chicago from Vienna, Austria.  That may sound like an odd route but he was born in Vienna.  Before Darden he studied business administration and worked in Vienna for Umdasch Shop Consult in London and KPMG (Transaction Services).  Not to be all work and no play, in his spare time he.... more at 

UVA Club of Chicago

With a new class of alumni arriving to the Chicagoland, I wanted to alert the double’hoos that there is an active UVA Club of Chicago.  Darden Chicago alumni and UVA Club of Chicago work together on crossover events when applicable and we’re always invited to their events (even if we’re not also under’hoos).

To date, I’ve omitted duplicating their event invitations within the newsletters as I know many of you already receive their emails (but I’ll start adding them to our new website’s events and volunteer sections).  However, if you’re not already signed up and want to join us for dinners around town, find athletic event watch venues as well as participate in other community activities email chapter leader Kristina Hamilton CLAS’09 at to be added to the mailing list.

COMING Q1'17 : Raymond Lambert
Would you leave your successful Investment Banking career to launch a startup in an industry you have no experience?  What if your startup helped the early careers of comedian Chris Rock, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, the tv/radio host of everything Steve Harvey, the late Bernie Mac, the great Dave Chappelle, and dozens more...  Then a documentary was made about you that earned great acclaim.  Then you become a producer and your latest movie about Maya Angelou was just selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  Sounds crazy but taking that risk is what D'87 Raymond Lambert did and he is sharing his behind the scenes entrepreneurial story with our Darden Chicago alumni.  Stay tuned as we're working on event details but you can order Raymond's book All Jokes Aside  or rent the documentary Phunny Business from Amazon... or, you can stay in that safe banking job.
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